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being held for a mental evaluation. over the weekend she scared authorities by possibly leading her group into a suicide pact. the group, which included eight children, says nothing was wrong. mike von fremd reports from palmdale, california. >> reporter: 70 deputies, some on horseback, frantically searching over 700 miles of southern california, fearing that the group may have been planning to take their own lives. when they were found praying in a park, there was a joyous moment of relief. >> ladies and gentlemen, we just found them. >> alive? >> yes, they're alive and well, and they are at a park here in the antelope valley. >> reporter: what caused such concern is the leader left behind a purse containing letters that said the group was going to meet jesus. the adults left personal belongings such as deeds to homes and even cash. their relatives immediately reported the group as missing and warned police that they
feared their loved ones may be preparing to harm themselves. >> they said good-bye to their living relatives. they indicated that they were going to the next life, if you will. and that's essentially, i'm not quoting exactly, paraphrasing, but that's essentially what they said. >> reporter: that immediately brought back fears of the cult at heaven's gate near rancho santa fe, california, in 1997, when 39 people took their own lives. california police were relieved to find all 13 members of this group praying in a public park. >> and they're alive and well. i was just given that update. that is the best news of the day. >> reporter: the adult members of the group insist they were never missing and it was all a misunderstanding. >> we are okay. you see me, i'm okay. my son, my dogs, everybody's okay. >> you left your cell phone? >> i don't want them to
interrupt me. >> reporter: officials say the group broke no laws but the leader is undergoing psychological evaluation. members say they often pray early in the morning and intentionally leave their worldly belongings behind in hopes that one day, they will miraculously be taken to heaven. mike von fremd, abc news, palmdale, california. now to news we hate to hear in new york, a bedbug infestation has closed the flagship niketown store here in the big apple. as shoppers were turned away over the weekend after the creepy critters were discovered inside. nike is doing everything it can to eradicate the problem and expects the store to reopen soon. bedbug infestations recently closed a fifth avenue clothing store as well as a movie theater in times square. >> my husband and i were turned away from that store, we saw the sign. scary. ready, set, balance. a mass display of speed and grace. for a megatip. >> more than 100 competitors took to the streets of brussels
to see who would be crowned belgium's fastest waiter. each contestant had to carry a tray with three glasses and a bottle of wine in one hand for one and a half miles spilling as little wine as possible. >> a 25-year-old waiter from brussels came in first for the second straight year. his prize-winning tip, $500 in cash. >> that's a hard-earned tip. >> i used to be a waiter and that is hard, having spilt an entire bottle and two glasses on a couple before, on a first date. >> send the dry cleaning bill right here to "world news now." stay with us. hó
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in sthis >> in sports this morning, a scary moment during a florida marlins game. a piece of a broken bat punctured chicago cubs player's chest. tyler colvin was heading from third base to home when he was hit. he did score before paramedics took him to miami hospital. he's now in stable condition. michael vick is back in a very familiar role. he started as quarterback for
the philadelphia eagles on sunday. it's his first start since 2006 before his conviction, of course, on those dogfighting charges. vick threw two touchdown passes leading philly to victory over the lions. final score in that one, 35-32. tragedy struck a texas high school football team this weekend when a star quarterback died during the game. >> the gifted athlete hoped to one day play football for the university of texas. dan harris has the story. >> reporter: friday night after throwing his second touchdown pass, senior quarterback reggie garrett of west orange high school in texas collapsed on the sidelines. garrett appeared to have suffered a seizure and was unresponsive. rushed to the hospital, he was later pronounced dead. >> just a big loss. everybody's going to be -- it's a tragedy. >> reporter: what isn't clear is if the seizure may have been a pre-existing condition which was never flagged as being severe. garrett's death will now be investigated. according to the cdc, high school athletes account for an
estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctors' visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations annually. this past friday, 16-year-old antonio rovas collapsed on his high school track, running a routine drill. he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead of apparent heat exhaustion. and last week, hayward dennison of central catholic high school in oregon scored the winning touchdown. moments later, dennison felt his heart racing. >> i got back up and i was trying to breathe a lot more. >> reporter: then he collapsed of a heart attack. his heart stopped for about two minutes before a nurse in the stands helped revive him. turns out he has a heart condition, something doctors previously diagnosed as asthma. his father is now fighting to mandate heart screenings for all high school athletes. >> i want this a law. i won't stop. i'm going to push it that no other family has to go through it. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york.
>> the coaches canceled the team's next game, giving them time to mourn. such an unexpected loss. >> having grown up in texas, football is such a way of life especially in these tiny towns. not only does it affect his team and the people who knew him, it affects the entire community. so this story is a story to us that passes the next day. for them this is someone they'll never forget too. stopping gang violence before it starts. >> an innovative approach in one very dangerous neighborhood. the results when we come back.
welcome back. gang violence and chicago have been synonymous for decades. in a time when the nation's violent crime rate is down, chicago's is up. >> it's so bad it's literally being called an epidemic. chris bury shows us chicago's action plan to stop all the bloodshed. >> reporter: on chicago's west side, two young women are bickering over a man.
one of them threatens to call in reinforcements to settle the score. >> i'm going to call my girls. >> just be cool. >> reporter: but this man, napoleon english, knows such petty squabbles can quickly turn violent in neighborhoods infested with gangs and guns. >> all i'm asking is take the opportunity to resolve the situation -- >> reporter: napoleon is a violence interrupter, paid about $30,000 a year to defuse such fights. >> a young lady got shot, 82nd and coleman -- >> 19-year-old man shot -- >> they shooting kids -- >> this is a hard job, trying to stop killings on a regular basis. >> reporter: he's part of a group called ceasefire, trying a novel approach to slow the bloodshed in cities like chicago. the idea behind ceasefire is to keep minor arguments from becoming deadly ones. isolating the epidemic before it spreads. treating violence like a public
health crisis instead of merely a crime problem. here in the englewood neighborhood, tensions are running high after another fight between two girls attracted gangs and their weapons. 13-year-old lucy got maced. >> she think nobody supposed to say nothing to her. >> every day, man. you need to be serious, man. we've got to -- we've really got to communicate and know each other better put the side stuff to the side. >> reporter: ceasefire gets their families together. >> whoa, whoa! we'll let everybody talk. >> reporter: to keep their silly spats from boiling over into bloodshed. >> she want a commitment, they know her daughter out there, they're not going to go back on their word -- she got her daughter. she got her daughter, she ain't going to -- come back and retaliate. >> reporter: in cases like this, expectations of revenge fuel the violence. listen to lucy's father. >> it's going to be big time,
some real shooting, some real gang banging, and we've got enough people -- >> reporter: the ceasefire workers are assigned to work chicago's meanest streets. most are ex-cons and gang bangers. some like hardy have taken bullets themselves. >> actually came out right here. >> went in where? >> went in my back. it was a wake-up call. >> reporter: a wake-up call initiated by a ceasefire worker who begged hardy not to kill the man who'd shot him. >> he got in my head and made me realize that me trying to retaliate would be nothing but selfish. i let him live his life and i went on to live my life and trying to do better by joining ceasefire and it's working out the best for me and my kids. >> reporter: that its interrupters are rough around the edges may actually give ceasefire more credibility on the street. fred seaton stepped in to stop this man from shooting a teen who'd stolen tvs from his car. >> i'm mad, irritated.
i really wanted to hurt him, you know what i'm saying? in the middle of me hurting him, fred came and actually like literally came in the middle of us. like calm down, man. >> what would have happened if you weren't there? >> somebody got shot, ain't no question. >> i probably would have shot him. >> really? >> yeah, i would have. fred saved me. >> reporter: shootings and killings are down as much as 70%, where the interrupters are active. but they cover only slivers of the city, and in the toughest neighborhoods, violence is so ingrained -- >> how many people have been shot at? >> reporter: and guns so pervasive -- >> how many people have access to guns? >> reporter: it's clear that even ceasefire faces an uphill fight. >> my grandma don't even like coming outside. >> she came here acting tough.
>> reporter: later in the ceasefire office, the interrupters are pleading with those two girls and their families not to fan the flames of revenge. >> i'm begging y'all. i don't even know y'all. please leave it alone, y'all, please. >> reporter: finally, this grudging promise. >> if they through with it i'm through with it. >> we don't start -- you through with it? >> she sound like -- >> if you through with it -- >> reporter: in the end, lucy's uncle throws his arm around her rival and gives her a hug, the tension broken. the transmission of a potentially violent contagion stopped in its tracks, at least for now. i'm chris bury in chicago. >> authorities are taking this seriously. just on wednesday, 22 arrests there just on gun and drug charges alone. they're trying to put a dent in this but it's a huge problem. >> to say the least. you glean from that piece, it's
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follow her to see what she knows. they're pursuing other robberies, all in the process trying to not get caught. >> if it were up to me and they gave me two minutes and a wet towel, i would personally asphyxiate this half-wit so we could string you up on a federal n1, end this story with a bag on your head, a paralyzing agent running through your veins. but i did want to say one thing. you're here today so i can personally tell you that you are going to die in federal prison. so are all your friends. >> it is co-written and directed by ben affleck, and the cast is amazing. jeremy renner from "the hurt locker." amazing. blake lively. very well acted. i give this 4 kernels out of 5. and it's worth seeing. it's not a typical bank robbery movie. you know how they have the same cliches. it's not like that. >> i'm jealous. you saw a great movie for the third week in a row, i did not.
still some debate whether this is real, an actual documentary or not. the plot is simple. this guy is an artist, connects through facebook with this family based upon his art, gets the hots for the older sister, goes to find her, track her down in michigan, the whole story is this is not what he expected at all. take a look at the buildup to the relationship. >> hey, megan? it's neve. >> your voice is not what i expected. no. it's -- really. it's a terrific voice. i just, i don't know, you never think of a voice when you only know somebody in a certain way. >> all right, 2 1/2 kernels. whatever you do, do not believe the marketing. this is not some suspenseful mystery, this is not "blair witch." 2 1/2 kernels out of 5. it's kind of sad and sad commentary on this facebook age we live in.pipipipipipipipipipio
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stay tuned for that story. >> good morning and thanks for being with us this monday. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. to the news now. schools and businesses are closed today in bermuda as the cleanup begins after hurricane igor. >> the storm brought strong winds, pelting rain and high surf to the island. david kerley is there. good morning, david. >> reporter: rob and vinita, say hello to igor. this is it. sustained winds, 60, 70, gusts up to 85 miles an hour. the center of the storm, about 40 miles to our west, passing right by bermuda. it's a category 1 hurricane. but we are seeing the back side of it. the dirty side. the northeast quadrant. it's the strongest part of the storm. they're used to strong storms here but this one is nearly a direct hit. >> it's spectacular but it's going to be probably absolutely horrifying. >> reporter: we were out earlier. not surprisingly nearly a ghost town as folks batten down in their homes.
it's going to be here for a long time, what do you think? >> it's going to be some damage. you've got to get in. >> reporter: they were worried this was going to be a historic hurricane. one they'd never seen before. downgraded to a category 1, the hope now is that these winds don't do the kind of damage they were fearing. we'll find out as soon as the sun comes up. rob and vinita? >> our thanks to david kerley. igor is expected to move to the northeast, away from the u.s. later today. the powerful storm is still kicking up huge waves and rip currents all along the east coast as far south as ft. lauderdale. forecasters say the storm is causing swells that range from 4 to 8 feet. the dangerous conditions could last throughout the day. there's even more trouble in the tropics on top of that. a tropical wave has developed near the cape verde islands. if it gains enough strength it could turn into tropical storm lisa and even form into a hurricane. forecasters say it's too soon to tell if it will threaten any land. here is the rest of your
monday forecast. wet in south texas. heavy rain from abilene to corpus christi. rain in the southern rockies. showers and thunderstorms from the upper midwest to montana. some showers from seattle to portland. >> 73 in boise. 83 in sacramento. 106 in phoenix. indianapolis 83. kansas city 88. 76 here in new york. 93 in atlanta. 89 in miami. 90s from dallas to new orleans. the american woman released from prison in iran is back in the u.s. this morning. sarah shourd says she is grateful for her release but says it is not yet time to celebrate. jim sciutto reports from new york. >> reporter: on her first day home on american soil in more than a year, sarah shourd expressed happiness for her own freedom but sadness for her friends left behind. >> my disappointment in not sharing this with shane and josh was crushing. and i stand before you today only one-third free. >> reporter: her very first words were directed at iranian leaders, thanking them for her release. but also pleading that she and her two friends, josh fattal and shane bauer, were innocent of allegations they entered the
country illegally as spies. >> if we were indeed iran/iraq border that r wa entirely unmarked and indistinguishable. >> reporter: shourd exchanged emotional hugs with the family of her friends, who clung tightly to photographs of shane and josh. you must have asked how they're doing. >> yeah, well, you know, some of the things i started to learn is how difficult it is emotionally and psychologically to not know their status. to be told that they're going to court and then not go to court. >> reporter: pressed on the hikers' case by abc's christiane amanpour this weekend, president mahmoud ahmadinejad demanded the u.s. release eight iranians he said are held in u.s. custody. >> mr. president, i understand that the iranians, many of them, have been convicted of various sanctions-busting and arms-busting. are you saying you're holding the two americans as hostages for the release of the iranians here? >> translator: no, but how would you know those iranians are criminals? are you a judge?
>> reporter: there was also good news from sarah shourd. she was released for health reasons, the possibility of a cancer scare. we learned from her that doctors examined her and declared her in good health. jim sciutto, abc news, new york. >> and iran's president ahmadinejad is in new york ahead of the u.n. general assembly this week. he insisted his government does not want an atomic bomb and iran is only seeking peace and a world free of nuclear weapons. ahmadinejad also challenged the u.s. to accept that iran is playing a major role in the world. results of afghanistan's weekend election could be delayed for weeks because of a ballot fraud investigation. at least 4 million people voted. that's far below the number of voters in last year's presidential election. a top u.n. official says there are serious concerns about the legitimacy of the voting. afghanistan's president called it a solid step for democracy. and the taliban is behind dozens of attacks to disrupt
that election. at least 30 people were killed, most of them civilians. as mike boettcher reports, children were not spared. >> reporter: no one knew his name or age. there was no time for that. army medics were only told the taliban mortared his village on election day and shrapnel cut into his skull. in a spasm of violence meant to disrupt balloting, insurgents had claimed a victim not old enough to vote. another boy's wounds were less serious but he was in shock and also in need of immediate help. 80 miles away, general steve townsend listened as reports of insurgent attacks poured in. >> the enemy said send rockets to the villages. >> reporter: townsend set out to see for himself. in a village of zormat, only 60 people voted. a taliban threat scared them away, said one villager. another man, an elder, had his own explanation. american-led forces had killed too many civilians and people did not support this new government, he said. townsend emphatically disagreed.
>> nine out of ten civilian casualties were caused by the taliban. and you know i'm telling the truth. >> reporter: a truth lived by two young boys and the american and czech medics fighting to save them. mike boettcher, abc news, afghanistan. the chinese may be interested in owning part of general motors. gm has planned its initial public stock offering for mid-november. there are reports an automaker owned by the chinese government wants to buy gm shares. the treasury department says there may be multiple foreign investors but there is no comment from gm on the possible chinese investment. one of the world's most famous landmarks went up in flames, but it was all in the name of art. >> a virtual fire engulfed rome's colosseum as 100,000 people watched. the fake flames were the work of a husband and wife team. they used the world's biggest projectors to make it look like
fire was burning through the colosseum. >> the couple said the goal of the $700,000 art project was to spark debate about the fragility of cultural heritage sites. what a scene. >> i can only imagine walking by that thing. i have to say, though, it doesn't look that real to me. i don't know that i would be -- i think when you really look at it you'd think, there's no flames on the outside. >> it's still cool. don't dampen dreams, vinita. >> sorry. >> they're trying. >> creative husband and wife. >> there we go. we'll be back with more. phone c. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to " 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare, call now to find out how an aarp...
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look at the sunday talk shows. >> from all across our world to the heart of our nation's capital, "abc this week with christiane amanpour" starts now. >> the united states is very pleased that you have released sarah shourd, and the secretary of state hillary clinton has said that she wants the other two, josh and shane, to be released also. a humanitarian gesture. >> translator: it's true the islamic republic of iran took a humanitarian measure and released one of the three individuals who entered our borders, miss sarah shourd. this was a huge humanitarian gesture. now, you may be aware that eight iranians are illegally being detained in the united states. so i believe that it would not be a misplaced to ask that the u.s. government should make a humanitarian gesture to release the iranians who are illegally arrested and detained here in the united states. >> mr. president, i understand that the iranians, many of them,
have been convicted of various sanctions-busting and arms-busting. are you saying you're holding the two americans as hostages for the release of the iranians here? >> translator: no, but how would you know that those iranians are criminals? are you a judge? >> from nbc news in washington, "meet the press with david gregory." >> do you think that republicans are poised to retake at least the house and would you like to see them do that with the current slate of candidates and some of the ideas? >> i don't know. the pollsters would tell us that republicans are poised to take over the house. that wouldn't break my heart. i wouldn't go into a funk. frankly, it might be good for the president to have the
republicans owning one of the two bodies of our congress. because then they have responsibility. you can't just say no to everything, you can't just sit around beating up the president. but the president also has to i think shift the way in which he has been doing things. i think the american people feel that too many programs have come down. there are so many rocks in our knapsack now that we're having trouble carrying it. i think the president has to, like a razor blade, just go right after the single issue that is uppermost in the minds of the american people, and that's employment. >> what do you think has happened to president obama? he comes into office, very high expectations, he has the big support among independents, a lot of republicans i think also voted for him. >> i think he was shocked at the intensity of the republican opposition. but they learned from my first two years that if you just say
no, even though people hate it, you get rewarded for it. because it discourages the democrats and it inflames your base. so they're doing just what they did in '93 and '94. and so far it appears that they're being rewarded for it. and i think that it disoriented him for a while. and he just kept trying and kept trying. i also think he believed that if he accomplished a lot on the legislative front, that would be reflected in a better political climate. the problem is there's a huge lag time once you get in a deep economic hole between digging out of it and having people feel it. and so i think, you know -- look, bob, if the unemployment rate were 5% we wouldn't be having this discussion. >> again, a look at the sunday morning talk shows. what people are talking about today is not who was on the shows but who wasn't. the tea party favorite christine
o'donnell who won the delaware senate race, the underdog, everyone anticipated her being on two of the sunday morning talk shows. senate primary, i should say, excuse me. she canceled at the last minute. >> they're saying could be linked to this video bill maher put out from his old show, "politically incorrect" where she dabbled in witchcraft. she's saying i had nothing to do with that. he's saying, i put it out there and i'll release a clip every week until you show up on my show. >> she's saying it's scheduling conflicts. >> never dull in politics. why dennis quaid is in
you know, our first story in "the skinny" today, you cannot write drama better than this. of course by now everyone knows jenny from the block, j. lo, is going to be the new judge on "american idol." guess who's going to audition? one of her ex-husbands. >> oh, pathetic on his end. >> the kicker is not only is he going to perform for her, he's going to perform one of her own songs. and he's apparently an excellent
singer. in case you don't recognize that guy, his name is ojani noa, a former cuban waiter, married to her just under a year. between '97, '98. they have had a horrible relationship in the sense that after they broke up there's been a bitter court battle because he basically wanted to release a film about his life with j. lo that reportedly contained some raunchy footage of them together, and she fought tooth and nail to get it off. now they're saying when the show is in los angeles on september 22nd, he is going to be singing, like i said, one of her own songs. he says apparently he is going to go to the other contestants and say, which of jenny's songs do you think i should sing? >> that is so weak and so pathetic. why would he do that, though? >> the big question also -- >> publicity, that's what it is. >> they say he's a fantastic singer. how is she going to rate him? how can you not be biased? it's your ex-husband. >> she really can't sing. that's another issue. but i won't -- i love you, j.
lo. but anyway. interesting story here. kind of weird here. randy quaid and his wife get arrested over the weekend. saturday afternoon, apparently the owner of the home where the couple used to live, they called police to say the quaids are in this house, they're living here illegally, on top of that they're wrecking the joint. up to $5,000 in damage. apparently they owned the home years before, they got back in, kind of crashing there, kind of trashing the place. they were booked with i think felony burglary here. and then this is not their first brush in the law. way back then they were in some resort in california, they ran up a $10,000 bill. then left without paying it. they said, sorry, we thought we could pay at a later time. the felony charges about defrauding an innkeeper were dropped at the time, except for against the wife. on probation. randy got out. a weird story. what they were doing. crashing their old place, trashing it. i didn't realize the quaids were
out there like that. >> i remember the second time. this new one makes you think they may be on the downhill slide. >> remember eddie from the national lampoon christmas vacation? weird. >> if you are a big new jersey housewives fan there's bad news for teresa's husband joe. >> oh-oh. >> going to jail for ten days. yeah, if you watch the show at all, he was sentenced for -- not sentenced. he was charged with driving under the influence after crashing his car into a telephone pole. they're saying he's doin time not because of that incident, because he had a suspended license. he will go to jail. his last name is not in the background for the -- you know, going to jail. the arrest report. >> season's over but the drama continues. jersey, the people from jersey. real quick here, apparently i make no secret of my love for the kardashians and their reality tv series. apparently this inmate who's lockd p in pennsylvania is trying to sue saying he was forced to watch the two series. he developed extreme emotion
here are some stories to wa here are some stories to watch today on abc news. one of the toughest drunk driving laws in north america goes into effect today in canada's british columbia. first-time offenders could face criminal charges and up to $4,000 in fines and fees if they refuse a breathalyzer test. the u.n. general assembly meets today with representatives from 192 countries expected. one big topic, worldwide poverty. lady gaga is among the activists today demanding a repeal of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. they will rally in portland, maine. finally this half hour, turning off the lights. this week we say good-bye to a symbol of american ingenuity, the incandescent lightbulb. >> ge will literally stop making the old-style bulbs to make way for more efficient ones. jeremy hubbard sheds a little light on the story.
>> reporter: the bright idea that illuminated the world is reaching a less than glowing end. this week, ge is shuttering this plant in winchester, virginia, its last u.s. factory producing plain old incandescent lightbulbs. new energy standards will all but ban the bulbs over the next four years, forcing millions to switch to compact fluorescents. most of which are made overseas. seems the invention that thomas edison perfected 130 years ago is flickering and fading. >> this is edison's private experimental room at the laboratory. one of the things he was working on a lot in the late 1880s and early 1890s were ways of improving the electric lamp. >> reporter: edison historian paul israel says the great inventor would be torn about the change. >> on the one hand, he would have been disappointed. on the other hand, edison was always somebody kind of looking forward. one of the things he was always very interested in was more
efficient ways to generate electricity. so he would have seen that as the future. >> reporter: the incandescent bulb might be edison's most important innovation. notorious for getting by on a few hours' sleep, he wanted to transform the world into a 24-hour culture by lighting up the night. but the old incandescent bulb is inefficient. compact fluorescents use nearly 75% less energy and last ten times longer. even those could soon be obsolete. the future, l.e.d. these bulbs barely use any energy, they can last 20 years, they don't even need a standard fixture. imagine your wall as a light source. lighting from your coffee table or your floor. it is the mood lighting of tomorrow. and maybe one day with all t